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The remake of the Democratic National Committee

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    MSN News: Embattled DNC Asks All Staffers For Resignation Letters

    Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez has launched a major reshuffling of the party's organization that has been stung by recent crisis — and the DNC has requested the resignation letters of all current staffers be submitted by next month. Party staff routinely see major turnover with a new boss and staffers were alerted earlier to expect such a move. However, the mass resignation letters will give Perez a chance to completely remake the DNC's headquarters from scratch.

    Some of the staffers he will eventually rehire and keep. Some will go out the door.

    Perez has been on a listening tour meeting small groups of Democrats across the country before making any big moves. On one of his stops in Michigan he told NBC News, "What we're trying to do is culture change. We're repairing a plane at 20,000 feet. You can't land the plane, shut it down, and close it until further notice."

    "If your goal is you have to please everyone then you end up pleasing no one," he added.

    While Perez is remaking the DNC, Democrats at the grass roots level have been active in protests and signing up to run for local, state and federal offices. The party that emerges from this activism will choose their future leaders. The DNC will help facilitate the process, but for now our future leaders may not be on anyone's radar screens.

    The activists need to have a strong vision about what the party and government should stand for. We cannot make the mistake of just being anti-Trump...a "Party of No" to replace the Republican "Party of No".

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote: While Perez is remaking the DNC, Democrats at the grass roots level have been active in protests and signing up to run for local, state and federal offices. The party that emerges from this activism will choose their future leaders. The DNC will help facilitate the process, but for now our future leaders may not be on anyone's radar screens.

    I completely agree, especially with your last sentence. We are in no rush for a party standard barer and should just let the Republicans continue their infighting and not give them a reason to rally behind their dear leader.

    Another thing that I think Democrats must come to understand is that all politics is local. It drives me nuts when I hear a Democrat complain about the state of the party, but can't name their mayor, state congressperson, or state Senator who represents them. Not just that, they didn't even bother to vote in the election that chose those positions.

    If Democrats want to see change then they have to start at the local level and build on that.

    Schmidt Wrote: The activists need to have a strong vision about what the party and government should stand for. We cannot make the mistake of just being anti-Trump...a "Party of No" to replace the Republican "Party of No"

    Exactly!

    That prospect worries me more than anything else. Donald may be unpopular, but Republicans still fell in line and voted for him. We can't bank on his unpopularity sinking him in 2020 because no matter how unpopular he is, Republicans will still vote for him.

    What will save us is coming up with a vision for the country that attracts the less ardently ideological voters. We're never going to peel away the people who cheered when Donald said he could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and not lose any votes, but we might be able to peel away enough people who may have been opposed to Clinton for whatever reason, but aren't happy with the direction Donald has taken the country in.

  • Strongly Liberal
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    Bye bye Debbie Downer so long Donna and see ya the Clinton's. Dems needed to clean house. I am encouraged. I still believe that both parties are crime families . Only the Dems are at least American crime family. The Rethugs have sold their souls to the russians.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    I highlighted the statement from Perez:

    "If your goal is you have to please everyone then you end up pleasing no one."

    This will be the most difficult problem the new DNC faces because it was the most significant problem of the old DNC. The old DNC failed in that regard.

    Can the new party accommodate incremental progressive policy makers (I call them realists), while also accommodating the Bernie or Bust idealists who demand massive change NOW to their proposed policies and laws. In other words, can or will the word "compromise" be incorporated into the governing philosophies of all the new grass root Democrats that the party will gladly take into their wings?

    Will the "compromisers" be allowed a seat at the table, or will they be culled with purity tests?

    On the right, I see a lot of "no compromisers" in the so called Freedom Caucus (formerly known as the Tea Party).

    Just sayin...

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    Maindawg Wrote: Bye bye Debbie Downer so long Donna and see ya the Clinton's. Dems needed to clean house. I am encouraged. I still believe that both parties are crime families . Only the Dems are at least American crime family. The Rethugs have sold their souls to the russians.
    Agreed, maindawg. I recall people on multiple message boards bleating how the Republican Party was dead. Oops. Now where did the Democratic Party leave its spine and balls? While we certainly don't need so-called purity tests we also need to get it through some heads in the party itself that some core principles should not be compromised. While the tea party is insane the Republican Party is fairly monolithic. We do not need to emulate them but we do need to understand united front and work on the base and getting Dems off of their asses in midterms.